Case Studies

Better health and better attendance for Amy

Children’s names have been changed

Amy was enjoying Reception but often missing lessons because of coughs and chest infections.

The WPA Education Welfare Officer (EWO) invited the parents in for a meeting, where she learned that mould and damp in the family’s home was the cause of Amy’s ill health.

The parents had a letter from the family GP who agreed that the damp and mould were damaging Amy’s health and showed the EWO photos of the child’s bedroom, which she shared with a younger sibling. 

The EWO wrote to the housing provider saying that the GP had confirmed that the condition of the accommodation was having a negative effect on Amy’s health and that this was also causing poor school attendance.

The parents attended a review meeting and said that, as a result of the letters sent by the EWO and the GP, the housing provider had made some repairs to the building and also re-decorated. There was no longer mould and damp at the property and Amy was no longer suffering from recurring chest infections. The parents were very happy with the outcome, as were the school because Amy’s attendance improved.

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